WINTERVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — An elementary school in Pitt County collected more than 500 toys for children.

“It’s called Operation Santa Claus, where we go around classes collecting toys for kids that are in need,” says Bryce, a fifth grader at WH Robinson Elementary School.

525 toys were collected at the school in Winterville. The student council there says they wanted to make a big impact this year.

“Christmas is about helping other kids and families,” says the school’s president, Jocelyn.

The reason for the season is clear here.

“I think it was important because now some kids will have a good holiday season instead of having nothing,” says Justus, a fourth grader on the council.

School counselors and community leaders agree. They are impressed with the kids.

“For children at this age to think of other children and to know that there are children that are less fortunate than them and to come out and support them and provide for them. It’s been very touching,” say school guidance counselor Laura McCarter.

“To see these kids come together and help other kids that they don’t even know, it just makes this world a better place,” says Greenville Fire and Rescue Chief Eric Griffin, who is heading the collection.

The students hope their donations will encourage others to give back.

“Because it was showing other students how Christmas really is about helping others” explains Grace, a fifth grader at WH Robinson.

“It shows people how important it is for kids who do not have things and do need things,” says Bryce.

“It shows people in Pitt County that it’s important that kids have a good holiday,” agrees Jocelyn.

With the record-breaking collection, the student council says they want to do more. It’s not too late to donate. Operation Santa Claus will continue filling the truck Saturday at the 10th Street Walmart in Greenville from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.